March Garden Share Collective

As the third month of the year is upon us it is time once again for my Garden Share Collective post. The collective is a wonderful group of vegetable gardeners from across the globe who share their gardens every month thanks to Lizzie of Shared from the Table. TheGardenShareCollective300pix It has been a surprisingly long month, but that might be because we had a mini holiday in the Barossa one weekend. 029 It has also been a month with some extreme temperatures which sadly finished off most of our plants. The home garden is looking quite bare. 021 Just a few capsicums, a squash and eggplants are left, plus the herbs of course. We have had one glorious eggplant so far. A self-seeded fennel and a couple of parsnips have also begun to grow. 061 The chilli plants are finally fruiting. 022 024 The watermelon out the front has grown at an astounding rate. The first photo is from the beginning of February and the second is from the end of the month. 004 (2) 009 We still have a few leeks left but the tomatoes have given up. Three days of over 38 degrees finished them off. At the Patch earlier this month everything was growing beautifully. 023 019 We had a huge haul of zucchinis, loads of corn, tomatoes and squash. The capsicums and fingerling eggplants were the only plants that were not abundant producers. This was our harvest from just one trip to the Patch. 002 (2) The watermelons finally ticked all three boxes – a thump when knocked, dried stem, and a yellow spot. 002 004 This one weighed in at 9.4 kilos! 008 And it tasted as good as it looked. 013 We also had to pick a much smaller one weighing 3.4 kg as it was clearly ready. We are yet to cut it open, it’s sitting in the dark pantry. Hopefully it tastes as good. There is only one left at the Patch. We have not had nearly as many as last year; we are blaming the colder than usual January. 003 We had high hopes for our pumpkins. The seeds were supposed to be Kent but they definitely look more like QLD blue. 008 (2) Unfortunately, two days of 40+ weather caused them to split so we had to pick them. 031 One only had tiny splits so we have taped them up and it is sitting in the bottom of the pantry keeping the watermelon company. The others were so badly split they had to be eaten straight away. We have made our way through one already and I plan on blanching and freezing the other for future soups. 014 (4) We have picked what we suspect will be the last of the zucchini and squash from the Patch. We haven’t yet removed the plants so we may get a couple more, but both plots are now ready to be cleared, green manured and composted and then planted out for the winter. Harvesting: Capsicums, chilli, squash, watermelon, leeks, eggplant, cucumber (spinach, zucchini, pumpkins, tomatoes, corn are all done.) To do:still yet to plant early cabbage and cauliflower seeds, also want to put some broccoli and spinach in. Go through seed catalogues and decide what else we want to plant. Decide which beds in the home garden should be fallow and recondition the others. Green compost one plot, wet compost the other.

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About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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7 Responses to March Garden Share Collective

  1. What a frustrating month it’s been for SA gardeners. You’ve done extremely well to harvest as much as you have.

  2. daphnegould says:

    When you say extreme temperatures my mind goes to the other side of the spectrum. We have been having extreme cold here. Though it is finally breaking today. Those watermelons look so good.

  3. Kyrstie @ A Fresh Legacy says:

    Great idea to blanch and freeze pumpkin for soup if you can’t eat it all when you cut it. It is always a challenge to think up enough ways to use it when you cut into one. They look great though and so do those gorgeous melons. Have a lovely Autumn, I hope the temperatures flatten to a more stable level for you.

  4. Lizzie says:

    Wow look at those watermelons, mine were a total fail this year. Heat can really damage a garden but I always see feb/march as a new beginning in the veggie patch. hope a cool change is on the way for you.

  5. Great harvest for Feb, we had some hot weekends!

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